Malawi - Chilima warns against social media abuse, urges utilization of ICT for Malawi development

13 October 2017

Internet

State Vice President Saulos Chilima has warned against the abuse of Information Communication (ICT) related services but utilise it to do develop the nation.

Chilima made the remarks after opening a two-day Information Communication Technology Association of Malawi (ICTAM) 2nd Innovation Forum at Sunbird Nkopola Lodge in Mangochi on Saturday.

He said ICT is a catalyst for knowledge generation and dissemination and that learning has become easy as a lot of information is available online.

“There are online education programs and information dissemination which can be done through the use of phones and internet. Mobile and internet banking, Mpamba, Zoona, Airtel money have accelerated business transaction, access to banking services. Africa and Malawi are largely consumers of technology and not producers. Forums like this need to find ways how ICT can leverage indigenous knowledge,” he said.

Chilima cited some local innovations that have not been modernised.

He observed that Africa and Malawi were largely consumers of foreign technology and not producers and it was high time forums like ICTAM began to work towards changing the scenario.

“We used to make car toys using clay soil or wires in our childhood days yet we are not able to translate that into real modern toys. Currently, Malawi still imports toys. We have used bottle tops and pieces of maize stalk or grass to make counters (mawerengero) but never turned that into something we can use in the modernized economic world,” he said.

Chilima added that factors hampering ICT strides in the country such as poor electricity supply and low literacy levels need to be discussed and addressed. Read the full article on Nyasa Times here